Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry

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Uwe Flick, a psychologist and social scientist at Freie Universität Berlin, received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry

No 189/2019 from Jun 24, 2019

Uwe Flick, a professor of qualitative social and educational research at Freie Universität Berlin, was recognized for his life’s work at the 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. He received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry. The award was presented in recognition of the scholarship, outstanding academic teaching, and dedication Professor Flick to qualitative research. The award was presented for the 11th time. Uwe Flick is the first individual who is not a citizen of the United States to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Uwe Flick does research and teaches as a professor at the Department of Education and Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin. After studying psychology, sociology, statistics, and political science in Munich and Berlin, he began his career as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg and at the Institute of Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin, where he earned his doctorate in 1988. He completed the habilitation process at the Institute of Psychology at Technische Universität Berlin, which qualified him to teach as a professor at German universities.  He then spent a number of years teaching and conducting research in various locations, including the London School of Economics, Hannover Medical School, ASH Berlin (Alice-Salomon-Hochschule in Berlin), and the Memorial University of Newfoundland at St. John’s in Canada. He also spent time at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, Universidad Catolica in Santiago de Chile, Cambridge University in England, and the University of Vienna. In 2013 Uwe Flick was appointed a professor at Freie Universität Berlin. His main fields of research are the psychosocial dimensions of homelessness and migration, for example, health issues and the integration of refugees into the labor market.

The award speech pointed out that Uwe Flick has established himself as the most prominent scholar in the area of qualitative research and methodology in Europe. In recent years he has completed numerous pioneering studies and published popular standard works. Furthermore, the outstanding achievements of Professor Flick have helped to further develop qualitative research, apply it in practice, and disseminate it in the academic world.

The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) is held annually at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The aim of the meetings is to promote the development and application of qualitative research methods in a variety of academic disciplines. In addition, the ICQI provides leadership to demonstrate the promise of qualitative inquiry as a form of democratic practice, to show how qualitative inquiry can be used to directly engage pressing social issues at the level of local, state, national, and global communities.